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Vice President, Quality, Food Safety, & EHS

Location: Massillon, OH, United States
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Shearer's is a leading contract manufacturer and private label supplier in the snack industry in North America. Headquartered in Massillon, Ohio, Shearer's has 17 state-of-the-art, geographically diverse manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, Ontario and Alberta, Canada, including one of the industry's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum LEED certified facilities in Massillon, Ohio. The Company is known for producing the highest quality snacks in assorted flavors and sizes, including kettle cooked potato chips, traditional potato chips, tortilla chips, cheese curls and other extruded snacks, and corn chips, as well as cookies, crackers, and wafers.

Vice President, Quality, Food Safety, & EHS

The Vice President, Quality, Food Safety, & EHS, leads and directs the quality operations, food safety, and EHS strategy throughout the enterprise. This leader ensures that products and processes follow regulations, specifications, contract requirements, and quality system standards. Having a deep understanding of Quality processes, tools, and best practices, they will know how to scale and apply them in practice. We are searching for a leader who can create a holistic strategy for our Quality and Food Safety programs that elevate Shearers above our competitive set, leveraging our scale and scope to standardize our approach and take a leadership position on the quality of our products. Additionally, we want the compliance aspects to match with our existing EHS strategy to ensure our plants have a standardized process on how to manage root cause and corrective action occurrences. This leader will work closely with our Continuous Improvement teams to ensure that our Lean approach called SHOP is embedded into the day-to-day activities of the Quality/Safety and EHS teams.

Your Seat at the Table:

  • Define, develop, and implement a comprehensive food safety and quality strategy aligned with business objectives.
  • Proactively and effectively monitor product manufacturing in a way that results in outstanding quality results.
  • Build, lead, and develop a team of food safety and quality professionals, promoting a culture of excellence and continuous learning
  • Develop and implement innovative and standardized quality systems and programs.
  • Champion continuous improvement efforts and defect/waste reduction initiatives
  • Work with commercial leaders to tackle our customer concerns and present our strategy on Quality and Food Safety
  • Oversee food safety tasks as required for foreign material control, sanitation, critical control point operation, GMP's and storage practices.
  • Oversee tasks as designated for implementation and maintenance of the SQF Food Safety systems.
  • Develops and manages processes and procedures related to food safety and quality assurance across the enterprise.
  • Leads and collaborates with key stakeholders such as third-party auditors, regulatory agencies, and pest control programs to ensure effectiveness and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Works with our Engineering and Commercialization team to ensure Food Safety, Quality, and EHS are built into our new Products and Processes.

What you bring to the table

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a related discipline. Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of QA/QC experience in the food manufacturing industry, with a minimum of 5 years of experience managing quality and regulatory affairs.
  • Deep understanding of Quality Food Systems and VOC
  • Inspirational Leader who has built and led teams in direct and cross-functional environments.
  • In-depth knowledge of food safety regulations and quality management systems.
  • Must have a proven track record of effective collaboration with product development, commercialization, manufacturing, procurement, and distribution functions.
  • Background, training, and experience in regulatory compliance
  • Experience in developing SOP's, manufacturing standards, protocols, and procedures for quality assurance
  • Analytical acumen and ability to effectively perform root cause analysis.
  • Multi-facility and multi-product line experience
  • Willingness to travel, up to 50% on average

We Offer a Feast of Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Flexible Spending Account, Retirement Savings Plan with Match, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Group Critical Accident Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, Employee Assistance Plan and numerous opportunities to volunteer in the communities in which we operate.

You will be considered for employment in our inclusive workplace

Because at Shearer's, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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To all recruitment agencies: Shearer's Snacks does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, employees or any other company location. Shearer's is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


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